The holidays bring families together. Whether you’re flying across the country to visit your older relatives or just taking a stroll down the street, spending time with the elders in your family can make a huge difference around the holidays. If you don’t see your older loved ones very often, it’s even more important to make the most of the holidays and get lots of quality time with relatives of all ages.
Four Holiday Activities For You and Your Older Relatives
1. Take a Festive Walk
One of the best parts of the holiday season is all the beautiful lights and decorations your neighbors put up in their yards. A great way to spend time with your older relatives is to grab a hot cup of cocoa or cider and stroll around the neighborhood to appreciate all the festive decor. The pretty lights are a great way to literally and metaphorically brighten the darker season, and can delight people of all ages. In addition, walking is an excellent form of moderate exercise for older people, and it can even have additional benefits, such as improving mood and memory.
If you’re worried about your older relative’s mobility, you have other options to enjoy the holiday lights this year. After dark might be the best time to enjoy a holiday light show, but walking on dark sidewalks can prevent tripping hazards. Either take it slow and lend your relative a steadying arm or plan a daylight excursion when uneven pavement or other obstacles will be easier to see. For relatives with more advanced mobility barriers, you can plan a trip to drive around the neighborhood and look at lights instead. This is a great opportunity for older people to get out of the house and enjoy a fun excursion without worrying about their mobility. You can even sing a few carols as you drive!
2. Cook a Nice Meal
Hearty family dinners are a staple of the holiday season, and cooking together is a wonderful way to spend time together while creating something for everyone to enjoy. If your older relative enjoys cooking, you can help out in the kitchen to tackle an old favorite recipe or an ambitious new one. It can be fun to involve younger relatives and pass down family knowledge and fond memories to the next generation.
Some older people might not be a fan of cooking, but pretty much everyone likes to eat! It’s always a kind gesture to go to the effort of preparing a home-cooked meal for your family, especially if you pick a recipe you know your older relatives enjoy. Because many older people might struggle to get the proper nutrition they need, this is also a great opportunity to help make sure they get a filling and nutritious meal. If you’re cooking at their house, you might also take an opportunity to peek at their fridge and make sure they have non-perishable food options for the future.
3. Sit Down for a Favorite Movie
Whether your family has a traditional holiday film or not, sitting down to an old favorite movie can be a comforting and cozy way to spend an evening with an older relative. If they don’t tend to be a cinephile, you could also suggest sitting down to listen to a favorite music album or watching a few episodes of their favorite TV show. The most important thing is to spend time together and share something you both enjoy.
4. Plan for Future Gatherings
Perhaps one of the best things you can do with your older relatives this holiday season is to make plans for when you’ll get to visit them when the holiday season is over. Though most older people prefer to remain in their homes as long as possible, home-bound seniors are far more likely to be isolated than other age groups. While holiday visits can alleviate that loneliness for a time, it can also make the winter months when the holidays are over all the more difficult to bear. Making plans with your older relatives for the coming year will give them something to look forward to even after the holidays are over.
In addition, if your older relative is at risk of isolation, you might consider whether an in-home caregiver could be a good option. With several flexible scheduling options for all levels of care, Generations Home Care is proud to help support your older loved ones year-round.
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